The Department of History hosts Bruce Zellers in the History Comes Alive lecture series on The Consequences of Disillusionment: World War I, Isolationism, and the Shaping of American Strategy in World War II.
Americans came away from World War I feeling used — by their allies, by their own leaders and by their own idealism. As a consequence, during the 1920s and 1930s, the United States followed a pattern of disarmament and disengagement from the world’s crises. This pattern continued after the outbreak of World War II. Thus, when the Americans again found themselves at war, they confronted grave strategic perils with very limited military means. The consequences helped shape the Cold War for the next generation.
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